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VIDEO: Drunk Driver Runs Red Light And Good Samaritan Saves Family Crossing Through Intersection

The Phoenix Police Department shared a chilling street camera video that depicts the moment a family of three, with another on the way, were almost mowed down by a man believed to be driving drunk. Ulysses Betancourt and his wife, Gabrielle Burns, had just gotten off the bus. With their baby, Damian, strapped into his stroller, the family of three watched the crosswalk signal turn on, and started crossing the street.  

Suddenly, a Jeep speeds past the red light and into the intersection, just feet away from hitting the family in what would likely have been a fatal accident. Thankfully, an innocent driver in a Chevy Cruz plows into the Jeep just in the nick of time. The Phoneix Police Department is dubbing the driver “a hero” that “may have saved the lives of a couple pushing a stroller through a Phoenix crosswalk.”

The street camera footage clearly shows the family making their way across the street.

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Gabrielle and Ulysses were doing everything right. The footage shows the walk signal begins to countdown, signaling the couple that it’s still safe to cross. Several cars making left-hand turns were trying to beat the red light by turning into the crosswalk, though the pedestrians had the right-of-way.

Suddenly, you see the Jeep pummeling straight toward the family.

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The Chevy Cruz had a green light, and no way to expect a speeding Jeep would suddenly enter the intersection. For everyone but the drunk driver, it was as normal night as any. “An angel in the form of a Chevy Cruz may have saved the lives of a couple pushing a stroller through a Phoenix crosswalk at 53rd Ave & Indian School,” the Phoenix Police Department tweeted. “The innocent driver will be OK.  The red-light runner was arrested for DUI.” Shockingly, nobody died in the accident.

You can see just how close the accident occurred from the family.

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Phoenix police have arrested Ernesto Otanez Oveso, 23, for driving under the influence and aggravated assault. Later, officers found a gun in the Jeep and tacked on a prohibited possession charge to his rap sheet. Oveso was released hours after his arrest.

Oveso and his unidentified female passenger both allegedly fled from the scene on foot. One witness averted their plans for the evening to tail Oveso. Once Oveso noticed he was being followed, he allegedly pulled out a knife and started to stab the car doors of the witness. 

Here, the Betancourt family is obscured by the collision happening just feet away from them.

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The cars skid off to the right-hand side of the frame–exactly where the family was waiting to cross just 10 seconds before. If the family didn’t cross the street at that exact moment, they would have likely died. If the Chevy Cruz didn’t drive into that intersection at that exact moment, the family would have likely died. It’s a miracle if anyone’s seen one. One Twitter user said, “Miracles happen everyday. We were fortunate to observe one in this moment.”

“I can’t believe how close we actually were to being hit,” Ulysses shared on Facebook.

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Me and Gabrielle Burns are the family crossing the street,” Ulysses Facebook captions the street camera video. “That night was scary seeing it from a different point of view I can’t believe how close we actually were to being hit.” A flood of comments from family and friends sent love to the family. 

Wow that is so scary. Glad you made it out safe that really was a close one,” comments Facebook friend Yadhira Chaparro. “Hope you guys are ok emotionally thats a lot to take in. I’m sure you are hugging your family even more tightly today.” Another friend, Daniela Isabel Galvan says, “I got the chills just watching it dude. So happy you guys are good! Los quiero mucho.”

Meanwhile, the xenophobes are doing their thing.

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Overwhelmingly, they’re of gratitude that the Betancourt family is safe, and hope that the consequences for Oveso lead to a life of recovery from the insidious disease of alcoholism.

“I feel like god was really looking out for us,” Ulysses shared in a social media post.

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In response to the influx of love and support coming from his Facebook friends and family, Ulysses shared his gratitude. “I’m so thankful nothing happened to my family,” he posted. “Especially because I had my son and another one on the way. I feel like god was really looking out for us.” Bendiciones.

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The Cop Who Killed Daunte Wright Says She Meant To Tase Him Instead Of Firing Her Gun

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The Cop Who Killed Daunte Wright Says She Meant To Tase Him Instead Of Firing Her Gun

Another Black man is dead, killed by the police.

Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man from Minnesota was murdered on Sunday after a police officer pulled him over for a traffic violation. In an attempt to take in Wright after realizing he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, it is being said that the officer meant to use her Taser but accidentally fired her gun.

Police in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota are saying that Wright’s attempt to reenter his car prompted the police fire.

Body camera footage of the Sunday incident was released for the first time on Monday during a news conference. Footage of the killing shows Wright outside of his car when authorities were attempting to place him under arrest. At one point, in the footage he can be seen attempting to reenter his vehicle, prompting a struggle with officers.

“I’ll tase ya,” a woman officer told Wright in the video after he attempted to kick her. “Taser, Taser, Taser!” the officer is heard yelling in the video before saying “Oh shit! I just shot him.”

According to Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, the officer meant to reach for her Taser.

Instead, she grabbed her gun.

“This appears to me, from what I viewed and the officer’s reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright,” Gannon claimed.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the officer in the incident as Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the police department. Potter is now on administrative leave.

Speaking about her standing, Gannon said “I think we can watch the video and ascertain whether she will be returning.”

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott publicly supported Potter’s termination.

“My position is that we cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the loss of life of other people in our profession, so I do fully support releasing the officer of her duties,” he explained before revealing that the officers initiated the traffic stop after clocking an expired registration tag on the car’s vehicle. When they ran Wright’s name they learned that he had a warrant out for his arrest. “That’s why they were moving from the car and they were making custodial arrest.”

Gannon went onto explain that the only information he had about the arrest warrant was that it was attached to a “gross misdemeanor warrant.”

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Street Vendor By The Name Of Lorenzo Pérez Murdered Execution Style — “The person who killed my dad took away a part of me”

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Street Vendor By The Name Of Lorenzo Pérez Murdered Execution Style — “The person who killed my dad took away a part of me”

Like many street vendors, 45-year-old Lorenzo Pérez sold food to support his family.

Married and the father of four children ages 15, 13, 9, and 1, Perez is described by friends and family as being well known amongst neighborhood residents. He was often seen working alongside his daughter who helped him on occasion. Now, the community and family who knew Perez well are in mourning, after he was shot in broad daylight while doing his job.

Perez died after he being shot in the head in southeast Fresno on Sunday afternoon.

Fresno Police were called to the scene of a possible robbery at Alta and Pierce Avenues, near Kings Canyon and Willow around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. On the way to the scene, the police officers learned that a street vendor had been shot once in the head.

According to reports, Perez was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center where he ultimately died.

Witnesses of the murder told officers that a man had beckoned Perez to come over to him in a way that suggested he was going to purchase something from him.

According to police reports, when Perez walked up to the suspect, the man pulled out a gun and shot the vendor. He then stole a few items, which have not been identified, and flew the scene. Witnesses told police officers that they’d seen the man loitering around the area before the shooting.

A local news station reported that “Officers are now looking into surveillance footage from the area to try and identify the shooter… Through a statement, Fresno City Council President Luis Chavez announced that he will be offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the shooter’s arrest.”

“The coward that murdered our food vendor, turn yourself in and face the consequences. You’ve brought tremendous pain to a family and our city,” Chavez exclaimed in the statement.

To help the Perez family, Councilmember Esmeralda Soria set up a GoFundMe account which has already raised $141,780 out of its $125,000 goal.

Perez’s son, Isai, described his father in a recent interview as a “great man.”

“My father was a great man. He was a great father, a great husband, a great friend,” he said in an interview. “He spread love and kindness. He was about fairness, he wanted to share his happiness. He meant no harm. He didn’t deserve to go like this. The person who killed my dad took away a part of me. My dad went through everything for us. He took away my father. He took away the opportunity of me being with him in his last moments and it’s heartbreaking. I hope they find the murderer soon.”

If you have any information on the shooting please call Valley Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.

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